Out of Hormone's Way: A Bel Barrett Mystery (Bel Barrett Mysteries (Avon Books))

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Maybe it was a case of menopausal madness -- or the blatant bribe of a pound bag of M&Ms -- but fifty-something Jersey City community college prof Bel Barrett found herself agreeing to head up the Urban Kayaking Club. Now she's dragging her tush down to the banks of the Hackensack River early every Saturday morning when she could be doing something constructive ... like sleeping. But murder puts a damper on her "natural" enthusiasm when the battered corpse of Belinda Judd -- who didn't show up at their previous outing -- is discovered a day later. The cops' prime suspect is club president Jason, who blatantly lied about seeing the dead girl. Jason needs Bel's help, but it's not for this smarmy college Casanova that she's determined to get justice. It's for sweet, shy Belinda, who didn't have an enemy in the world ... except for the creep who killed her, and who is now looking to sink Bel as well.

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Jane Isenberg taught English to urban community college students for close to thirty years. She has been writing mysteries ever since she experienced her first hot flash. Her copies of Modern Maturity are delivered to her new home in Amherst, Massachusetts, that she shares with her husband Phil Thompkins.

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A trio of menopausal women trade quips and investigate a murder in Isenberg's (Midlife Can Be Murder, etc.) chatty cozy starring 50-something college professor Bell Barrett. Things become decidedly unpleasant at River Edge Community College when one of Bel's students, the dyslexic Belinda Judd, disappears following an outing with the Urban Kayaking Club and turns up dead a week later. The police suspect Jason Carillo, a club member on whom Belinda had a crush. Aware of Bel's penchant for "figuring stuff like this out," Jason appeals to her for help, and Bel, believing in his innocence, once again enlists her cohorts Betty and Illuminada, a private investigator, to find the real culprit. Sol, her always supportive companion, is on hand, as is her mother, who lives nearby. In the midst of the investigation, Illuminada finds she has a lump in her breast, and her girlfriends rally round throughout the scare. Meanwhile, local politics conflict with environmental concerns, setting the community on edge. Bel's sleuthing is frequently interrupted by personal concerns, but seeing her deal with them is nearly as compelling as watching her unravel the mystery. References to the World Trade Center ground the story on the Jersey side of the Hudson, and Bel's enduring friendship with Betty and Illuminada flesh out an otherwise thin mystery. (Sept. 3)
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